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Assessment of domestic violence and its associated factors among ever-married reproductive-age women in Cameroon: a cross-sectional survey
Authors: Bezawit Mulat, Menen Tsegaw, Dagmawi Chilot and Kegnie Shitu
Source: BMC Women's Health, Volume 22; DOI:
Topic(s): Domestic violence
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Country: Africa
Published: OCT 2022
Abstract: Background: Domestic violence (DV) against women is a global issue that affects women in all countries and is a significant contributor to their poor health. Women who have experienced DV, in particular, suffer from the gynecological, nervous system, and stress-related issues. Despite such devastating implications, there is a paucity of data on the prevalence of DV and its associated factors among married reproductive-age women in Cameroon. Method: The data were analyzed by using STATA version 14 from a demographic and health survey conducted in Cameroon in 2018. Both bivariable and multivariable logistic regression analyses were done. Statistical significance was determined using a p-value of less than 0.05 and a 95% confidence range. Result: A total of 4,903 ever-married women were included in the study. The mean age?±?standard deviation, of the participants was 31.3 (±?8.4) years with an age range of 15–49 years. The prevalence of DV among ever-married Cameroonian women was 30.5% with 95%CI (29.3%, 31.8%). Women’s educational attainment (higher educational level) (AOR?=?0.58, 95% CI (0.37, 0.92), p value?=?0.02), Husband's educational level (husbands who attended primary educational level (AOR?=?1.30, 95% CI (1.01, 1.68), p value?=?0.04), a woman who had media exposure regarding DV ( AOR?=?0.83, 95% CI (0.0, 0.99), p value?=?0.04), a woman whose husband drinks alcohol (AOR?=?3.00, 95% CI (2.56, 3.53), p value?